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Westbridge Academy Facts

Students working on school work together - Special Education Bloomfield NJ

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.”

– Tommy Lasorda

Founded: 1973

Founder: Clara Litovsky, Special Needs Pioneer

Grades: K-12

Student Profile: Students in grades K-12 with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges from northern and central New Jersey

Student Demographics: 66% Black and Hispanic, 34% White

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Location: Bloomfield, NJ in Essex County

Area Served: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union Counties

Scope: Full academic programs which include a Summer program (ESY) offered during July as well as music, art, computers, and fitness

Approach: Combining individual and group instruction with school-wide therapeutic support including a social skills training program; using uniquely designed Student Passport to track comprehensive academic/social/vocational skills

Support: Tutoring, counseling, crisis intervention, student health services

Vocational Training: Community-based Instruction (CBI) from a young age

Professional Staff: Administrators, Social Workers, Teachers, Crisis Intervention Team, Full-time Registered Nurse

Languages: English and Spanish (bilingual program)

Staff Development: 4–6 hours of new training every month